Stuff that bugs me…

1) When businesses don’t stick to their hours, or don’t post them. Kind of pisses me off to walk to, say, a restaurant whose hours say that they’d be open, and it turns out they aren’t, with no explanation.

There was a small place up the street I wanted to try awhile back, looked like it’d been around for awhile, prices seemed pretty good, and I figured we’d give it a shot. Walk up there, and they’re closed, no explanation given, so we had to figure out some other place to go.

I haven’t exactly bothered going back, either.

A more recent instance was a Subway nearby. This was a night full of irritation in that manner. But since things have been so hot, and cooking at home on the oven makes it worse, seemed like a tuna sub or something would be nice, along with an iced fountain drink.

We go, we’re quite sure that they had been open until 11 daily not that long ago, but when we get there, they were closed, and we’re told that 11 is just on weekends. Incidently, no sign giving any indication of the hours. Couldn’t really call them on it, but still, having no sign up when they used to made it all a little suspect to me, even if we weren’t 100% positive. But I do remember being surprised that they would be open so late the last time we’d gone there, so that much sticks out in my mind. But I doubt anything of the sort would hold up in court.

2) “Half the story” advertising. So after Subway, we go across to the Pizza Hut, as I remembered seeing something about these “dipping sticks” they have there, and thought those might be good. Go in, and the only sign saying ANYTHING about these listed them as $6.99. Not bad for the two of us, I figure, for what amounts to an appetizer. I order that and a couple of drinks, and the total comes to $17-something. I’m like “WTF?” and come to find out that the fine print says that it’s $6.99 if you order them with a pizza.

That wouldn’t bother me so much in itself, except NOTHING ANYWHERE in the entire joint gave a regular price for it.

And for the record, “pick-up/delivery” places are a little more commonplace for Pizza Hut here than the sit-down restaurants (unfortunately), so this all happened before they started making it. So if you’re worried that I left a table full of food to go to waste with an untipped waitress or anything, worry not. None of that ever came close to happening. ;P

3) On the way home, I stop by the Esso(Exxon) Snack Stop, because they have big posters over their pumps that say “2 2-liter Cokes for $3.”

Inside, I find out this is not the case at all. I’m told that they don’t carry 2Ls there, and that the sign, ON THE GAS PUMPS, isn’t for Esso, but just some sort of random advertising. For what, I am not told. The way he said it, I guess I’m to assume anywhere that sells the stuff, or just somewhere that isn’t Esso, but that’s not the case.

Dare I say that, with these three cases, what we have here is clearly a failure to communicate. Someone needs to give the people responsible some sort of kick in the ass.

Finally, number 4 is less a “bugging me” than it is just a concern.

4) This computer keeps locking up for some reason, and it’s unclear why. We aren’t sure if it’s the heat, or something else. But it’s occuring with increasing frequency, and I don’t like the way it’s going, nor are we in a position to afford a new computer.

Considering how much Red and I DO on the computer and how many of our friends we only see on here, you can see how this might be of great concern to us.

On a final note to my readers here, is odd commentary/rants/such something you’d be interested in seeing more of on here?? Is there some sort of added element you think would make it better?? Or should I just keep it on LiveJournal?
Leave a comment and tell me what you think.

–LBD “Nytetrayn”

  • MattG

    I’ll tell you the same thing I tell myself when I go off on a rant or tell an old story over on my blog, and it’s a quote from my favorite comedy of all time: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. There’s a scene where… oh, it’s better to just show you.

    Remember Steve Martin’s advice. When you tell these little stories, have a point. It makes it so much more interesting for the listener. As long as you can make it entertaining, rants and stories and what-not are always welcome in my web browser.

  • neoendgame

    “You know what rely grinds my gears?”

  • LBD Nytetrayn

    Matt> …it… it sort of has a point…

    Maybe I should make a moral to the story or something… though usually, for that, isn’t some sort of comeupance required? Further advice is appreciated. How would you tell it?

    Saw that movie a long, long time ago… need to rewatch that scene…


    …ouch. Now I just feel horrible for making that post…

    –LBD “Nytetrayn”

  • MattG

    If I were telling the story I’d have come up with an angle to wrap it all back together at the end. Sometimes stories don’t tie up that neatly, of course, and that’s the challenge. You wouldn’t believe the stack of half-written material I have that isn’t complete because each story is missing that pat ending. Like Steve Martin says, not everything is an anecdote. You have to discriminate and tell the stories that are interesting or mildly amusing.

    Take what I do on Press The Buttons, for instance. Sometimes I come up with a piece that is far removed from gaming. I’d love to publish it, but it doesn’t fit the format. Would my audience go for an article about, say, DVDs or music? Maybe they would, as it’s still entertainment related. In the end I remind myself that PTB is a gaming blog and should best stick to gaming lest the whole thing become just another blog about what I had for lunch Tuesday and how a bad driver really angered me while driving home from work. Gaming is my angle. My readers expect gaming-related stuff. Stuff that doesn’t fit goes into the file for “someday”.